Jamie Gold's 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event gold bracelet hit the auction block on Heritage Auctions back in May. Bidding on the bracelet started on July 13, 2013, at "The World's Largest Collectibles Auctioneer" and Thursday night — after nine different bids — it went for $65,725.
PokerNews.com reports that Gold claimed that he was not the one offering the bracelet and it was out of his hands when questioned about it at the WSOP this year. and it was confirmed with Noah Fleisher, the Director of Public Relations for Heritage Auctions that it was true.
"Not much I can say other than that the current owner, who wants to remain anonymous, brought it to us for consignment," Fleisher said. "It is not Mr. Gold auctioning it, but he obviously sold it to someone, for some reason, at an earlier point, but I do not known any details beyond that."
Before Thursday night an online bidding period featured Gold's gold in a three-week session and the highest bid was $26,000 from eight different bids but the auction became a live event on Thursday where interested parties could bid online, in person, and by phone. The bidding resulted in one new bidder and a price of $65,725 was reached which included the action house's fee.
The winner of the auction did not want to be named according to Fleisher. "My experience has been that the buyers of most any item very, very rarely care to be identified as having such expensive items, not to mention the perception of conspicuous consumption," he said. "I can tell you, though, the person is a fan of the game."
Gold's bracelet was described on Heritage Auctions website as follows:
“The bracelet features 259 stones including over seven carats of diamonds and 120 grams of white and yellow gold. Rubies are inset to create the red of the heart and diamond suits, while a sapphire represents the spade and three black diamonds the clubs. The clasp is stamped ‘14K.’ Fine condition. An absolutely amazing representation from one of the most talked about WSOP events in history.”
Gold won the biggest-ever WSOP Main Event in 2006 for $12 Million with a field of 8,773 players. Apparently bracelets come and bracelets go as Gold is not the only that let his coveted trophy go for a price. He joins the ranks of Peter Eastgate, TJ Cloutier, Brad Daugherty, Jerry Yang, and Paul "Eskimo" Clark. Eastgate offered his 2008 WSOP Main Event bracelet to raise money for charity, selling it on eBay where William Haughey placed the top bid out of the 116 bids that came in. The bracelet went for $147,500. Haughey told PokerNews.com that he wanted to see the bracelet offered in a charity event with the cooperation of the WSOP.
Catch the final table commentary by Gold of his historic win: